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Detective 866 – Dick Grayson solves an old case

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Denny O’Neil, Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs relate a decent one-issue tale, of a mystery that has puzzled Dick Grayson for many a year.

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Dick Grayson is Batman in this story, but Bruce Wayne has returned.  Because he has launched Batman Incorporated, he is busy around the world, so there is room for both him and Dick in the role.  After fighting some hoods, Dick comes across a medallion in the refuse on a street.  He recognizes it instantly, and Nguyen changes the art to a very child-friendly style for an extended flashback.

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The Joker has stolen the medallion from the Order of St Dumas, and fights an early (but uncostumed) Azrael.  Batman gets in the middle, and the flaming sword takes precedence.

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Robin follows the Joker, and captures him, but the medallion is nowhere in sight.  The Joker had bumped into a bum, Loomis, along the way.  Loomis was arrested, along with the Joker and Azrael, but while they escaped, he went to prison for 25 years, protesting his innocence, even though the medallion was never found.

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Dick finds the dying old man, assures him that his name will be cleared, and then finds the hoods and scares them into turning themselves and the medallion in.

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Batman rushes back with the good news, only to find the Joker had been there first.

Lots of different moods in this story, and the art carries them all well.

Detective 851 – Dick Grayson refuses

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Denny O’Neil and Guillem March begin a two-part story in Detective 851 (Feb. 09).  It’s part of Last Rites, a storyline detailing the immediate aftermath of Batman’s apparent death. Dick Grayson is at the centre of the tale.

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A new character is introduced as well, Millicent Mayne, the Face of Gotham.

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She had once been a very successful model, and was given that monicker by the press.  Two-Face took exception, and scarred her permanently, which is why she now veils her face.

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Alfred tries to coax Dick into wearing the Batman costume, or at least diving the car, but he refuses.  He sticks to his Nightwing gear, and his motorcycle, unwilling to accept that things have changed.

The story concludes in the following issue of Batman.

Detective Annual 1 – Batman gets told a fable

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The first ever Detective Comics Annual is also the first part of a three annual crossover, Fables.  The issue is written by Denny O’Neil, with art by Klaus Janson and Tony deZuniga.

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The linking factor to the three issues is an aging sensei, who heads to the US to seek out three heroes, for whom he has tales.  Lady Shiva accompanies him on his quest.

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At the same time, Ra’sAl Ghul sends his daughter, Talia, to Gotham to seek out the Penguin, who has stolen a deadly virus that Al Ghul was having prepared.  This story references events in Batman – Son of the Demon, which is generally considered non-canonical.  In that story, Batman and Talia had a child, but Talia lead Batman to believe that she had miscarried.  This marks their first meeting since those events.  Just to confuse issues even more, that conception is not the one that would spawn Damian Wayne – that occurred in a DC Special in the late 70s.

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But back to this story. After a brief meeting with the Question in order to contact Batman, Lady Shiva brings the sensei to him.  He relates a story about how monkeys are captured, and how they could escape if only they were willing to release the bait and walk away.  Batman finds no relevance in the tale.

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Batman is much more interested in tracking down the Penguin and preventing him from releasing the bird-derived plague.

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Talia shows up as the two men battle, and the Penguin injects her with the virus.  Batman stops his fight with the Penguin, rushing Talia to the hospital instead.

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Talia recuperates, and offers to stay with Batman if he will give up his crusade and stay with her.  He refuses, and realizes that he is the monkey caught in the trap.  He sends a message to the sensei that he is in his debt.

The story continues in the Green Arrow Annual, and concludes with Batman and Green Arrow joining the Question in his own Annual.

As for the Penguin, he never does release the virus.  I expect Al Ghul’s men caught up to him eventually.

 

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